A new order by Israeli Supreme Court on Sheikh Jarrah is considered a major victory for Palestinian resides. The order authorized four families to remain in their lands until future decisions.
A new order decided that some Palestinian families residing in Sheikh Jarrah can continue with their life in the region. Israeli Supreme Court’s order says the families, on the verge of eviction, can stay in their houses until future decisions.
The court ordered that these four families may remain in their houses until Tel Aviv reached an agreement on territory. It’s possible that the procedure will take long years or that it won’t happen at all.
The decision marks and arbitrary end to a decade-long battle by Palestinians to remain in their houses. It could also help to de-escalate conflicts in Sheikh Jarrah and adjacent areas. Last year, rallies and violence across the area provoked an assault against Gaza, claiming lives and making damages.
As a lawyer for Palestinians people in the region say the new order was significant. “The decision of the Supreme Court today cancels the eviction while the issue of ownership is decided. The court decides that the past decisions regarding ownership do not apply, and the residents of Sheikh Jarrah can argue their ownership and prove their ownership,” the lawyer told reporters.
The family turned down an offer from Israel‘s top court for recognition as sheltered tenants six months ago. In return, Palestinian residents would acknowledge Israeli possession of their properties.
The land’s final ownership status will be subject to decision by an office under Israeli Ministry of Justice, according to the latest judgment.
Back in 1972, a group of Jewish settlement organizations brought a case against Palestinian residents in Sheikh Jarrah. They claimed that the property belongs to the Jewish community historically.
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Millions of Palestinian people were the target of Israeli ethnic cleansing project from their homeland during the Israel establishment. Since seven decades ago, Israel has never let these people get access to their land.
In the six-day war, Israeli forces seized East Jerusalem and the West Bank using violent force. The newly formed state of Israel annexed the regions in a step that was largely blasted by the world.
The result was clear: Thousands of Palestinian households in East Jerusalem have faced expulsion. Palestinian people find it exceedingly difficult to construct new houses or develop current ones due to Israel’s segregatory legislations.
Conflict escalated a few weeks ago in Sheikh Jarrah when Israeli security horse riders dispersed protestors. The demonstrators had come to show their solidarity for Palestinian people, subject to forcible displacement by Jewish settlement programs.
The Israeli court apparatus has no lawful power over the people it occupies under international humanitarian regulations. Approximately 200 thousand Israeli settlers reside in East Jerusalem, and security force protect them.
Sheikh Jarrah is one sample of a larger pattern of forcible removal of Palestinian people from their neighborhoods in Jerusalem. Settlement project in Israel needs to promote Israel’s authority over the town.
Under global regulations and international conventions, the project is fully illegal. Even Israeli western allies have condemned the move and called for immediate termination to the practice.
Israel’s grand plan in Palestine has been to extend reign of power across Palestinian lands to form the Jewish utopia. The Palestinian residers would have to forsake their lands for unknown destinations, as millions did during the 1940s and 1950s.
The new retreat by Israeli legal system on Sheikh Jarrah was a victorious signal for Palestinian people. The move might hinder the advancement of Israeli plans further.